The Courtyard Hounds are basically The Dixie Chicks minus lead singer Natalie Maines. As the story goes, The Dixie Chicks went “on hiatus” in 2008, but come 2009 sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison started to get the itch to get back into the studio. Unfortunately for the Chicks, Natalie wasn’t really feeling it and thusly (“thusly”…you can tell I’ve been watching a lot of Alton Brown) The Courtyard Hounds were born.
Now, I don’t think it’s a very big secret, but some of y’all are new here so I’ll say it, I am a Dixie Chicks fan. I mean, I’m not buying a ticket to see them or anything, but I’d happily go for free and probably enjoy the hell out of myself and I certainly respect them. Admittedly, that wasn’t always the case, but watching Shut Up And Sing made me want to support the band. So I started going through their discography and when I saw the sisters were gonna release an album under a different name I made a mental note to check it out too.
The Courtyard Hounds is a lot like the bulk of The Dixie Chicks output in the sense that it’s not bad, but it’s also easily converted into background music, where you’re not too sure how long ago you got to the end of the album and have been sitting around with your thoughts in silence. That said, much like The Dixie Chicks, there are enough decent/good tracks on the album that I feel compelled to write about it. So I did.